By Anne Marie West, Virginia Hill
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1 questioned my father regularly about Heather but he stuck to his story and elaborated on it as time went on. He said Heather and her pal had left together in a white Mini; he said he had caught her sneaking out of the house with her belongings and that had instructed Rose to give her £100 to keep her going. Over the following few months he claimed to have both seen and spoken to Heather. He said she had fallen out with her friend and had found a job at a community centre in Gloucestershire. Once again I checked out what he'd told me, to no avail.
She heard screaming and when the girl emerged from the room she was crying and there was blood on her legs. ' There was only one way to back up these girls' statements, and that was to make one of my own. I hadn't been there to see what had happened to her, but I could tell the police that the same thing had happened before - to me. I was appalled by what Hazel Savage told me that terrible morning and when he asked me to go with them and make statement I had no hesitation, although I knew it would be hard.
At last someone was going to investigate my father and my stepmother, finally maybe their bizarre sexual crimes and years of abuse of me would finally be revealed. Yet I didn’t know then, and could never have imagined, how much more was to be recovered. I knew I was a child of a child-abuser who had been a violent and sadistic woman with an insatiable appetite for sex. It was another 2 years before I found out that I was the daughter of a serial killer and the stepdaughter of a woman capable of evil beyond my worst nightmares.